MotoGP riders to meet Permanent Bureau

The Permanent Bureau has summoned all MotoGP riders and team managers to discuss the controversial incident involving Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix. 

As a result, Thursday's pre-event press conference ahead of the season finale in Valencia has been cancelled. 

The Permanent Bureau, which consists of FIM president Vito Ippolito and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, want to discuss the incident at Sepang which saw Marquez crash off his bike after apparent contact from Rossi.

Rossi was penalised for his actions and is due to start the race in Valencia from the back of the grid. However, the Movistar Yamaha rider has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the penalty thrown out. Rossi is currently battling his Yamaha team-mate, Jorge Lorenzo, for the World Championship, with the Italian currently in possession of a seven-point lead.

CAS will make a decision on the matter no later than Friday.

FIM released a statement which read: "Following the events that occurred at the Malaysian Grand Prix and further developments over the following week and given the exceptional circumstances, the Permanent Bureau of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, comprising of Messrs Vito Ippolito, FIM President, and Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sports, will summon all MotoGP riders and their respective team managers to address the situation on Thursday 5th November at 15.30 Local Time. Given these circumstances, the pre-event press conference scheduled at 17.00 will be cancelled."

The media will now be restricted to specially arranged interviews with riders, and it is possible that even then they may be barred from talking about the events at Sepang.